Fifth Anniversary of Haiti Earthquakeby Representative Barbara Lee
Posted on 2015-01-13
LEE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Ms. LEE. Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate the fifth anniversary of
the devastating earthquake that struck the nation of Haiti. Monday
marked 5 years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck some 15 miles
southwest of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's population center and the seat of
Mr. Speaker, the aftermath of the quake was unimaginable. Estimates of as many as 316,000 people perished, and nearly 1.3 million were displaced. This tragedy struck in a nation already hobbled by grinding poverty, health disparities, and food insecurity. It crippled the infrastructure of government, destroyed the National Palace, ministry buildings, and tragically robbed the nation of some of its most talented civil servants.
In spite of the many challenges, once again, the Haitian people rose to the occasion, and our Nation, to date, has contributed billions to recovery efforts, along with donors around the world. The American people and the Haitian people deserve that this aid be delivered in the most effective way.
My bill, the Assessing Progress in Haiti Act, had bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Obama. This bill--now this law-- provides critical oversight and reporting. And this week, along with my colleague Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, we are asking our colleagues to join us to reintroduce a resolution commemorating this tragic earthquake.